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Agent: Former Celtics second-round pick Colton Iverson signs in Spain

Posted By Ben Rohrbach On August 12, 2014 @ 11:20 am In General | Comments Disabled

Colton Iverson has signed a one-year deal with Spanish Euroleague power Laboral Kutxa Baskonia, according to his agent Ben Pensack.

“It’s a great opportunity for Colton to play at the highest level in Europe,” Iverson’s agent said of the Celtics [1]‘ second-round pick in 2013. As for the 7-footer’s future with the team that drafted him No. 53 overall last year, Pensack added, “We will reassess after this season and will know more then.”

Iverson remains under the Celtics [1] control until the team renounces his rights [2].

In 47 games for Besiktas in Turkey last season, Iverson averaged 7.2 points (53.5 FG%, 48.4 FT%) and 4.8 rebounds in 17.4 minutes. The 25-year-old Colorado State product returned to play for the Celtics [1] in the Orlando summer league last month, producing 6.4 points and 2.4 rebounds in 15.8 minutes over five games.

The trade for Tyler Zeller and Marcus Thornton along with a guarantee of Phil Pressey‘s contract and the signing of Evan Turner [3] this season meant the Celtics [1] had the same number of guaranteed contracts as open roster spots (15). The presence of Zeller in addition to Vitor Faverani and Joel Anthony [4] also pushed the number of centers on the C’s roster to three. While Faverani’s immediate future remains unclear pending his recovery from knee surgery and following his DUI arrest [5], the Celtics currently have no room on the roster as training camp approaches, even if Anthony’s $3.8 million expiring contract makes him surefire trade bait.

As a result, Iverson will continue to develop overseas, joining a team that made the competitive Spanish league playoffs last season and qualified for the Euroleague postseason in both 2011 and 2013.


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[3] Evan Turner: http://media.weei.com/basketball/evan-turner.htm

[4] Joel Anthony: http://media.weei.com/basketball/joel-anthony.htm

[5] his DUI arrest: http://greenstreet.weei.com/sports/boston/basketball/celtics/2014/08/04/reports-celtics-center-vitor-faverani-arrested-in-spain-on-dui-charges/

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